No Window Over Kitchen Sink
I'm asking for some suggestions for the soon to be rental property. Sorry--no pics :(
I'll try to paint a word picture.
There is no window over the sink.
Room is 9' wide and 20' long.
At this point we're just now priming the drywall texture ( a light lacy knockdown). We have the flooring and the cabs are ordered.
Counter top will be Smoky Topaz laminate, a ten foot stretch. It's a dark sort of charcoal color with muted taupe and black mottling. There will be a double stainless sink with brushed stainless faucet/sprayer.
There will be 42" upper cabinets on either side of the sink. The cabs are an English chestnut color and are slightly traditional but not overly so (minimal beading on the inset).
The cabinet hardware will be on the contemporary side in brushed stainless.
The ceiling fixtures are a simple shallow bowl, semi-flush mount, frosted glass with matte black metal ring and bottom finial.
Wall color is SW Analytical Gray, a warm *greige*. Window/door trim will be SW Alabaster.
There will be a 36" round pedestal table at one end under a large window. The base is matte black and the top will soon be stained/Waterloxed to match the cabinets. There are two black *X-back* chairs that go with the table.
Flooring will be Cryntel Italia Stone (12" peel and stick vinyl tile) *Travertine* laid on the diagonal. It's an uneven, textural, mottled pattern with goldish, taupe, cream, charcoal, etc.
I want to put a shelf above the sink for sure and maybe a matte black oval mirror above the shelf to add to add interest and functionality.
The shelf brackets I ordered are on the contemporary side in brushed stainless and project 8-3/4". I'm told they'll work with a shelf that's around 10" deep.
Here's the question: What do you envision the shelf being made of? Would using wood and trying to match the cabinet stain color be too much? Glass is out. I saw some melamine shelves available in medium gray or black. Sounds hideous but they look clean, understated and modern and I think paired with the brushed stainless brackets might work. Can you envision that?
Being a rental, I don't want to go too crazy and try to think durabilty and style along with cost.
I'll ask the Kitchen Forum, too.
Any other suggestions are welcome! Thank you.